A Trip Back in Time
Recently the Pulse Racing Services team took a trip down to Wauchula, FL to visit our friend Doug at 122 Auto Restoration
. We brought them the chassis of a 2011 Porsche Cayman S
race car for a chemical bath, but the trip itself was an adventure!
This trip was truly like going back in time because once we got off I-4 just past Orlando, we went down highways that took us through some sleepy old Florida towns. It's funny that when most people think of Florida, they only think of beaches, theme parks, and traffic. But what everyone, including myself, forgets is that this beautiful state used to be nothing but orange groves and southern charm... and Wauchula still has both.
The City of Wauchula
has a saying "Building New Beginnings from Old Traditions" which is exactly what the team at 122 Auto Restoration does. The owner Doug Towell and his team help bring new life to some of most legendary cars in history.
When we first pulled up, we were struck by how cool the old building was. Built in 1929, the building has had few owners but has been everything from an armory, to a very successful car dealership in the 1940's, to the home of two auto restoration companies. Tucked just inside downtown Wauchula, the expansive brick building has a gorgeous wood plank ceiling, interesting tile details on the exterior and big glass windows on the front.
Inside, Doug was excited to show us several projects he was working on from car makes like Lincoln, Jaguar, Chrysler and Ford. While it was just the chassis's we were looking at, the beauty of these old cars was still impressive. And we also loved the Big Band music Doug had playing in the shop...completely set the mood for our look back at time!
122 Auto Restoration has been in business since 1970, and they are one of just a handful of businesses in the nation that provide non-acid, non-destructive chemical stripping and de-rusting. Their Revivation process uses a gentle, heated alkaline solution that is 100% non destructive. This is a total immersion process that requires two tanks to get the job done. The first tank degreases and loosens the paint, bondo and undercoating so that a pressure wash can gently remove the particles.
Then the chassis will go to a second tank which is where all the magic happens. It's a very secret process but we can tell you an alkaline electrolytic solution is used. What that will do is send an electric DC current through the tank and all the rust, scientifically known as "ferrous ions", will separate from the metal chassis. The entire process can take a couple of weeks but totally worth it when it's complete because the chassis will come out sparkley clean and practically brand new.
In addition to having a clean slate to paint, our hope for the 2011 Porsche Cayman is to loose significant weight from the body to improve our speed time on the track.
Our thanks to Doug and his team at 122 Auto Restoration for not just the great work he's going to do to our Porsche Cayman, but for the work he's doing to save history. These automobiles are relics and 122 Auto Restoration brings them back to life so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
P.S. This picture is just too funny not to share... as many of you who've been by the shop know, our shop dog Rose is a very timid dog and doesn't like noise, or the dark, or storms. On our trip down to Wauchula, we drove through a pretty heavy thunderstorm. And poor Rose was tramatized... Ashley snapped this picture and we've been laughing at the look in her eyes!
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